yellowish-brown, light-brown, or reddish-brown.
made of russet.

Origin of russet

1225–75; Middle English < Old French rousset, diminutive of rous reddish brown, red (of hair); see roux
Related formsrus·set·ish, rus·set·y, adjectiverus·set·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for russet



brown with a yellowish or reddish tinge
  1. a rough homespun fabric, reddish-brown in colour, formerly in use for clothing
  2. (as modifier)a russet coat
any of various apples with rough brownish-red skins
abnormal roughness on fruit, caused by parasites, pesticides, or frost


(of tanned hide leather) dressed ready for staining
archaic simple; homely; rustica russet life
of the colour russetrusset hair
Derived Formsrussety, adjective

Word Origin for russet

C13: from Anglo-Norman, from Old French rosset, from rous, from Latin russus; related to Latin ruber red
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Word Origin and History for russet

mid-13c., "cloth of reddish-brown color," also (early 15c.) the color of this, from Old French rousset, from rosset (adj.) "reddish," diminutive of ros, rous "red," from Latin russus, which is related to ruber "red," from PIE *reudh- "red" (see red (adj.1)). As an adjective from late 14c. The word was applied to a type of apples first in 1620s, to a type of pears 1725.

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